Home Decorating and Staging
Insider Secrets to a Beautiful Home

Staging Your Bedroom

Staging your bedroom prior to putting your house on the market will pay off in a big way. A clean, serene, inviting bedroom will cause an emotional tug on your buyer, and emotion sells homes.

I am amazed at how frequently bedrooms seem shabby compared to the rest of the house. Bedding is faded and mismatched. Boxes are stacked in corners and all sorts of things pile up; books, magazines, clothes...sometimes for years!

You may not notice any more, but home buyers notice everything. If you want to sell your home for top dollar, it will help to stage every room, including the bedrooms. If your house is vacant, at the very least, make the master bedroom charming.

Staging doesn't have to be expensive. Even if your bedroom is vacant, there are tricks you can use to give the illusion of a furnished room using things you already own.

Bill's Story

Bill's little farmhouse sat empty and unsold for a year. When Bill's listing contract ran out, he hired a different realtor, one who insisted on doing some inexpensive staging. Bill agreed and after staging, the house sold in one month.

Bedroom Before

Bedroom After

Staging Details

  • The bed is a Coleman inflatable mattress with an accordian frame. This allows you to put a bed skirt on it and makes it look like a real bed. Cost: $82 (Wal-Mart).
  • Bedding is a "Bed-in-a-Bag." It includes matching comforter, shams, bed skirt and accent pillow. Many stores carry these. This one is from Ross. Cost: $30 for the set.
  • Two similar pictures with red accents to match the rest of the house. Cost: $30 for the pair (Ross).
  • Notice the symmetry of the pictures flanking the window. These create the illusion of a headboard.
  • Continue the symmetry with the illusion of night stands on either side of the bed Garden table found outside (left) Glass end table and antique victrola found in the basement (right).
  • Lamp from Big Lots. Cost: $25.
  • Pop it with a red accent pillow. Cost: $11.99 (Ross).
  • Finish with a pretty little arrangement of red hydrangeas in a vase. Cost: $5 (Hobby Lobby).

Total investment in staging the bedroom: $183.99

More before and after pictures of Bill's little farmhouse in Staging Dining Room.

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Alex Hinst is the author of Home Decorating and Staging and owner of Alex Hinst Designs, located in Denver's Historic Highlands.

Alex Hinst Designs has hundreds of success stories in both private and investor home renovations and is dedicated to helping you create your perfect home.